Careers by Major - Environment

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Each Careers by Major page provides lots of ideas on various career areas, as well as how to gain related skills and experience. Useful resources and job samples are also provided.

Table of Contents 

1. Sample Careers / Jobs
         1a. Sample Career Titles
         1b. Sample Job Listings
         1c. Sample Areas of Employment
2. Program-Related Skills
3. Explore Careers & Build Networks
4. Get Experience
         4a. On-Campus
         4b. Off-Campus
5. Useful Resources & Next Steps 

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1. Sample Careers / Jobs
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Below is a sample of the many types of careers and jobs pursued by graduates of this program.

1a. Sample Career Titles
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Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Detailed career profiles are available in the Career Centre. Some positions require further education and experience.

  • Environmental Epidemiologist*
  • Ecologist*
  • Environmental Auditor
  • Environmental Health Officer*
  • Water Quality Inspector
  • Environmental Quality Analyst
  • Environmental Risk Assessor
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator*
  • Environmental Consultant*
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Air Quality Specialist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Planner (Urban)*
  • Park Naturalist
  • Conservation Officer
  • Fundraiser, Environmental Organizations*
  • GIS Analyst*
  • Remediation Specialist
  • Environmental Marketing Specialist*
  • Public Relations Specialist*
  • Recycling Manager
  • Hazardous Waste Material Manager
  • Waste and Water Resource Specialist
  • Eco-tourism Planner
  • Environmental Engineer*
  • Teacher/Professor*
  • Forester*
  • Botanist*
  • Environmental Reporter
  • Editor, Science Magazine*
  • Agronomist*
  • Environmental Activist/Lobbyist

View these titles at Career Cruising, available on CLN under the Resources tab.

1b. Sample Job Listings
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Below is a sample of delisted positions that have been posted on UofT's Career Learning Network (CLN). To access current listings, login to CLN and click on Jobs

  • Environmental Policy Analyst, Pembina Institute
  • GIS Planning Assistant, Halton Region
  • Park Interpreter, Parks Canada
  • Environmental Consultant, Terraprobe Inc.
  • Renewable Energy Program Coordinator, Falls Brook Centre
  • Junior Regulatory Analyst, Intertek Scientific & Regulatory Consultancy 
  • Fisheries Habitat Technician, Credit Valley Conservation
  • Science Educator, Ontario Science Centre
  • Waste Management Policy Analyst, Department of Facilities Management and Planning, UTM
  • Copywriter/Editor, Citizens’ Environment Watch Program
  • Ecohydrology Lab and Field Assistant, Department of Geography, UTM
  • Environmental Sustainability Specialist, PVH Corporation
  • Great Lakes Environmental Engineering Technician, Toronto Zoo
  • Health & Safety Leader, Sysco Food Services
  • Outreach and Food Services Program Intern, Chestnut Residence, UofT

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  • Forestry, mining, environmental issues, waste management, architecture or surveying companies
  • Insurance, communications, international trade, transportation
  • Private industry including utilities, construction, energy, environmental planning
  • Government agencies
  • NGOs (non-governmental organizations)
  • Consulting firms
  • Real estate developers
  • Scientific or research groups
  • Museums
  • Market research organizations
  • Boards of education/universities/colleges
  • Outdoor recreation companies
  • Magazine/newspaper companies

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2. Program-Related Skills
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Academic courses in this program provide opportunities to develop the following types of skills. Make a Career Counselling or an Employment Advising appointment to discuss how you can demonstrate these skills to employers.

Research Skills

  • Collect and preserve field organisms
  • Dissecting preserved specimens
  • Conduct journal research
  • Read and comprehend scientific journals
  • Evaluate the validity of research articles, scientific websites, etc.
  • Utilize logical reasoning to interpret results/data derived from scientific experimentation

Technical Skills

  • Use computer programs including excel and PowerPoint to manipulate and display data
  • Accurately follow laboratory protocols with attention to detail
  • Maintain laboratory equipment
  • Comply with quality control procedures while conducting experiments
  • Demonstrate an understanding of safety regulations

Quantitative Skills

  • Analyzing data for trends
  • Applying statistical packages to data to test for significance

Written Communication Skills

  •  Document observations from experiments
  •  Organize research ideas and information into comprehensive reports
  •  Support scientific findings by writing literature reviews of journal articles
  •  Create graphs to visually represent data

Oral Communication Skills

  • Use various visual aids including overhead projectors, computers and posters to conduct oral presentations on research findings
  • Interact professionally with a multidisciplinary team of researchers, technicians, students and professors
  • Adapt vocabulary to suite a wide variety of audiences including the general public and senior scientists

Organizational Skills

  • Managed time effectively to balance demands of work, academic and social life
  • Successfully managed multiple priorities during peak times during the academic year

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3. Explore Careers & Build Networks
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Career Exploration 101

Take our 15 minute online module and attend the Career Exploration Part 2 in-person workshop to gain access to UTM's three career exploration programs:

Alumni Profiles

Check out our Alumni Profiles page with submissions from UTM grads to find out how their experiences have affected their career direction.

Events

Attending networking events, employer info sessions, and career fairs is a great way to meet professionals and learn more about careers, companies, and industries. Login to CLN and click on Events & Workshops to see what's coming up.

Talk to Professors

Connecting with your professors can be a great way to explore the different paths a major can lead you to, as well as learn about possible opportunities for research, volunteering, or becoming a TA. Drop by during their office hours or request an appointment.

Student Organizations

Join a student club or an academic society at UTM to meet like-minded people, explore your interests, and make valuable connections. To view a list of current clubs and societies, visit the Centre for Student Engagement. Some organizations you may consider are:

  • Student Association of Geography and Environment
  • World Wildlife Foundation at UTM
  • UTM Students' Union
  • Erindade Biology Society

LinkedIn

Create a LinkedIn profile to connect with professionals in the fields, explore the career paths of UTM alumni, research employers, apply for specific positions, and more. Need help? Come into the Career Centre to book a LinkedIn profile critique.

Professional Associations

There are many benefits of becoming a member of association(s), such as developing a network of contacts, learning about industry trends, accessing industry-related job postings, and stating your affiliation on your resume. Some associations related to this major are:

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Get some experience and exposure to the industry while being a student. This will increase your chances of finding a job after graduation, while helping you decide what area might be most suitable for you.

4a. On-Campus
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Experience 101 Handout

Check out the Experience 101 handout to view a list of some of the ways you can get valuable experience on campus.

Work Study Positions

The work study program provides eligible students with an opportunity to work on campus during the academic year and gain experience. Many departments use this program to hire UTM students during the Fall/Winter and Summer terms.

Research Opportunity Program (ROP)

UTM's Research Opportunity Program (ROP) allows undergraduate students to gain valuable research experience and earn a course credit by participating in a faculty member's research project. Courses are held during Summer and Fall/Winter terms.

Part Time and Volunteer Positions

  • Attend the annual Get Experience Fair 
  • Check out our binder with detailed information on volunteer opportunities; available in the Career Centre
  • Learn about the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), which can help you find opportunities beyond the classroom and have your skills and experiences captured on an official document; go to the co-curricular database to find out how you can get involved

Student Organizations

Joining any student club or academic society at UTM is a great way to gain valuable skills and expand your resume. To view a list of current clubs and societies, visit the Centre for Student Engagement.

4b. Off-Campus
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Internships, Summer, Part Time and Volunteer Positions 

Full Time

  • Networking is an essential element of job search today, as most jobs are not advertised. While you should still apply for positions you find online, building relationships with professionals is a proven way to access the "hidden job market" with some of the most desirable opportunities. Attend the "Learn to Network" workshop to discover proven techniques to effectively introduce yourself and make contacts.
  • Login to CLN and click on Jobs to access current postings advertised to graduating students and recent UofT grads. Note: You must attend the "Now That I'm Graduating, What's Next?" workshop to gain access to these postings.
  • Attend the annual Get Hired: Summer and Full-Time Jobs Fair
  • Check out our list of industry-specific job boards

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5. Useful Resources & Next Steps
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Career Centre Library Resources

The Career Centre resource library contains information about a wide range of occupations in all industries, resume and cover letter resources, effective work search methods, graduate/professional school preparation guides, and more.

Appointments

Career Planning by Year

Visit our Career Planning by Year page for ideas of important career related activities for each year. You can visit us in the Career Centre to find out more about career areas that interest you.

Additional Web Resources


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Updated March 2017